you're watching "nhk world," welcome to "newsline." iraq forces are stepping up to block the militants extremists taking key cities to the north and now moving to the capital of baghdad. >> the extremists have already seized iraq's second largest city mosul and other cities in the north. prime minister maliki has ordered a full-scale operation against militants. government troops carried out helicopter attacks against
tikrit, 120 kilometers north of baghdad. iraq security officials say shia militia groups joined the operation friday to block the advance. grand ayatollah sistani called on people to support the maliki government and take up arms against the militants. there are concerns that if shia residents join the fighting it will rekindle the kind of sectarian strife that threatened to turn into a civil war following the u.s.-led invasion of iraq. ukrainian officials say pro-russian separatists have shot down a military plane in eastern ukraine killing all 49 people onboard. government forces and pro-russian insurgents have been fighting in the eastern part of the country since april. officials from ukraine's defense ministry say the 76 transport plane crashed early on saturday. the plane was about to land at an airport in the eastern city.
there were 49 people on board, including soldiers who were being rotated to replace troops stationed in the region. the plane was carrying weapons and other military equipment. ukraine's newly inaugurated president, petro poroshenko, called for a cease-fire within the week, but the situation in the region has only worsened. officials in russia and ukraine are pointing fingers at each other over the movement of tanks and other military vehicles. both sides accuse the other of sending the vehicles across their common border. authorities in ukraine say russian tanks entered their country. they say president poroshenko brought up the issue during a phone call with his russian counterpart, vladimir putin. officials in moscow had no comment about the allegation but they say at least one ukrainian armored vehicle has crossed into russia. they say officials at the foreign ministry lodged a protest. fighting continues between government forces and pro-russian militants in eastern ukraine.
government troops say they have regained control of the southeastern city of mariupa. the city was under the control of pro-russian fighters. a japanese research group is reporting a breakthrough in stem cell research. the team says it has identified the gene related to a serious disorder by using stem cells created from a patient's tissue. the team was led by ko university professor and they created ips or induced stem cells from tissue taken from a patient suffering from retinitis, pigmentosa. it kills retinal cells and may result in loss of vision. no cure has yet been discovered. the researchers reproduced it into a test tube. they say they found a mutation
of a gene that causes cells to die and allows the disease to progress. researchers also found a type of cancer drug can reduce it and prevent the symptoms from worsening. >> translator: we have been able to prove the causal relation between the gene mutation and the symptom. we will be able to predict the possibility of people with mutated genes developing the disease before the symptoms show. >> he says the finding could lead to preventive treatment for people with mutated genes. more bad news for general motors. officials have announced another recall of more than half a million vehicles. they say they've identified several problems, including defects with the ignition switches. this brings the number of vehicles recalled by the u.s. automaker this year to more than 16 million. the officials say the recall affects more than 500,000 chevrolet camaros, sold mostly
in north america. they say a driver's knee could accidentally move the ignition switch out of the run position causing the engine to shut off. the company says the problem may have caused several accidents that resulted in minor injuries. the automaker has announced more than 30 recalls this year. the total number of vehicles involved far exceeds the number of new cars the company sold around the world in 2013. the latest recalls come after gm fired 15 employees in connection with allegations that the company covered up fatal defects and failed to address the problems for more than ten years. ceo mary barra is likely to come under fire when she testifies at a congressional hearing next week. as soccer fever intensifies, here is the latest on the action
from the second day of the world cup. group b rivals spain and the netherlands staged a repeat of their championship match from the 2010 tournament, but this time it was the dutch who came out on top. spain struck first in the 26th minute. diego costa earns a penalty kick. alonso sends the ball into the net for the first goal of the match. but the netherlands catches up in the 44th minute. robin van persie netted the equalizer with an incredible diving header. that gave momentum to the dutch and they began to display their attack capabilities.
he and robin van persie each scored twice helping the netherlands avenge its defeat to spain four years ago. in another group b match, chile beat australia, 3-1. chilean striker sanchez notched a goal and an assist. the netherlands and chile sit atop group b with three points. spain and australia have none. now group a hosts brazil and now fans in mexico are celebrating their first win. mexico took on cameroon in the second group a match. mexico took the lead in the 61st minute with a goal by peralta they beat cameroon 1-0.
brazil and mexico are leading the group at three points each. cameroon and croatia have none. trying to cash in on all this world cup fever are japanese shopkeepers and restaurant owners. staff at a department store in tokyo have set up a special section with about 200 soccer themed items. they include uniforms of the japanese and brazilian national teams. the store is selling a soccer ball made of gold. it weighs 3 kilograms and costs more than $420,000. officials at a brewery have released a beer tinted with blue liquor. blue is the color of japan's
national team. >> translator: i want to support japan by drinking this. >> translator: i hope we get a lot of orders and see a boost in sales. >> supporters can order the beer at about 400 restaurants and bars across the country. let's hope the blue beers stay after the games finish. here's the extended world weather forecast. you're watching news line. >> thanks for watching "newsline."